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Current Issues in the Church
There is so much Catholic information and commentary available now that the hard part is choosing what issues are most important enough to follow. Our website limits its coverage to those current events that touch on our doctrinal and missionary purposes. Issues involving our apostolate get top priority, but other issues affecting all of our lives are also highlighted in our news reports and columns.
A knowledge of Church history will give us the tools necessary to deal with many of the alarming current issues that threaten the Faith and the Church, theologically, morally, and socially.
Brother Francis has a tremendous appreciation for the history of the Church. He liked to call Church history “the laboratory of wisdom.” Why? Because the history of the Church is the history of human salvation, and choosing the best means to save one’s soul is the highest prudence. And prudence, says St. Thomas Aquinas, is wisdom in action.
A knowledge of Church history is essential if we are to apply the wisdom of the past, and the tragic errors of the past, to current issues and events in the Church. History is the laboratory of wisdom, but the application today of the lessons learned from history is prudence.
How, for example, are we to understand what St. Pius X meant when he said that “modernism is the synthesis of all heresies,” if we are ignorant of the history of the Church’s battles against heresy? How are we to evaluate the causes of what Pope Benedict referred to a “crisis of Faith,” if we unfamiliar with any of the twenty ecumenical councils that preceded Vatican II?
Christendom is gone as a reflection of the social reign of Christ the King, but Catholicism lives on, and the spiritual warfare is ever-present. We must keep informed, rejoicing in the good, and fighting against what is evil.
AsiaNews: The ‘Missionaries of Mercy’ that Pope Francis will send into the world to be the “living signs of the Father’s readiness to welcome those in search of his pardon” might also travel to China. Here, they might absolve and legitimise unlawfully ordained and excommunicated bishops. Is this really possible? More on this here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
www.chiesa, Sandro Magister: Cardinals Parolin and Ouellet are lining up in defense of the celibacy of the Latin clergy, in a conference at the prestigious pontifical university. But once again the pope has let the German bishops know that he wants to break with this tradition. Article is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Rorate Caeli: The Pope will lead the “common worship service” along with two Lutheran leaders: Lutheran World Federation (LWF) President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan and LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. It will be held in Lund cathedral, a medieval cathedral held by the Lutherans from the 1530’s to the present day. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Vatican Radio: Pope Francis will travel to Sweden in October for a joint ecumenical commemoration of the start of the Reformation, together with leaders of the Lutheran World Federation and representatives of other Christian Churches. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
LifeSiteNews, Father Gerald E. Murray (The Catholic Thing): The book God or Nothing, a wide-ranging interview with Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, by the French journalist Nicolas Diat is one of the most refreshing things published in recent memory. I cannot praise this book too highly. It breathes forth the wisdom, insight, and deep faith … More →
AP News: The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble, yet another victim of the Islamic State group’s relentless destruction of ancient cultural sites. Read more here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Yes, this is part of an approved, common, semi-liturgical prayer service in which Catholic hierarchs and Lutherans will celebrate next year the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Revolt. Rorate Caeli: Last year saw unprecedented expressions of “openness” on the part of some Vatican officials (including the Pope) and official Catholic structures towards Lutheranism. Full report is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Vatican Insider: Islamabad’s Capital Development Authority (CDA) has cut off a Christian neighbourhood’s water supply, sparking indignation and protests among the population. The move comes in the context of a controversial case, which reached the Supreme Court of Pakistan after the local municipality issued a demolition order for the destruction of what it claims is an “illegal” settlement. Christians have presented an appeal to the … More →
In this second and final portion of Jesuit Father John Hardon’s confidential June 1990 Commentaries to Archbishop Schotte and Father von Schönborn concerning the “Revised Draft” of the proposed new Catechism of the Catholic Church, we propose to present in Father Hardon’s own lucid words his comparably deepening analysis of the “Revised Draft.” If our selection from pages 4-68 of the Dossier now engages further … More →
From Father Paul Nicholson comes this interesting reflection on “spiritual communion,” “baptism of desire,” and the bizarre ramifications of a non-incarnational, pseudo-sacramental Catholicism that parallels the sacramental economy that was instituted by Jesus Christ. Some points Father Nicholson makes in the YouTube video below remind me of this passage in Father Feeney’s Bread of Life, taken from the chapter, The Purpose of Christ’s Coming: What the Baptism-of-Desire teachers make … More →
AsiaNews: Today, two Catholic brothers were seriously injured in the capital of Bangladesh. Rajesh D ‘Cruze, a banker, and Ranjan D’ Cruze, an employee in a private company are currently being treated in Dhaka Medical College Hospital but their conditions are described as grave. Nirmal Rozario, general secretary of the Bangladesh Christian Association (BCA), told AsiaNews: “We unreservedly condemn this heinous attack and demand immediate action … More →
Mark Movsesian, First Things: Take a look at this clip from a recent episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In the clip, Colbert mocks Republican presidential candidates who argue for admitting Syrian Christians as religious refugees. At least I think that’s what he’s doing. Unfortunately, in attacking the GOP, Colbert, who often speaks publicly of his devotion to Catholicism, uses Syrian Christians as … More →
AsiaNews: In response to Pope Francis, many dioceses throughout China have opened their cathedrals Holy Door. The ceremonies were held yesterday and during last week. Each diocese also printed the Chinese edition of Misericordiae Vultus, the Bull of Indiction of the Holy Year and distributed it to the faithful present at the ceremony, inviting all to read it and spread it even among non-Christians. Full report is … More →
Almost a decade after first meeting Father John A. Hardon, S.J. in 1980 at Christendom College, I had the fruitful occasion of introducing him to then-Archbishop Jan Schotte, C.I.C.M.—the Secretary of the Synod of Bishops—and to Father Christoph von Schönborn, O.P., the latter being the Executive Secretary and Editor of the still-then-developing new Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). Both of them—one a Belgian and … More →
Woe to those who attend it. Public Religious practice is still outlawed in the Communist state. No question that those who attend the Mass (only on major holydays) in the Pyongyang cathedral will be duly noted by the government. Catholic Culture: Catholic priests from South Korea will be allowed to celebrate Mass in the capital of North Korea, the Korean bishops’ conference has announced. More … More →